Morong—About 27 government agencies and local government units in Bataan planted 3,000 forest trees in Barangay Mabayo, this town, in celebration of Civil Service Commission’s 118th year anniversary on Friday.
“Our activity must be called ‘tree-growing’ not tree-planting but since we have to make sure that trees we will plant today would surely grow,” said CSC Bataan Director Ed Cruz told participants during the orientation.
Echoing the message of the CSC director, Provincial Environment Officer Raul Mamac said: “It is actually apt to call the activity ‘tree-growing.’ I have already tasked Cenro Bagac to monitor the tree seedlings we will plant, and we will come back here after two months to check the condition of the trees.”
Dinalupihan Community Environment Officer Gerry Fernandez oriented participants on the proper planting of trees.
“Director Cruz asked our assistance for this activity. We scouted the site here in Mabayo, and we prepared the actual area to be planted. We also provided the seedlings mostly narra specie,” Mamac said.
“We have a good planting site, and is very accessible to volunteers,” he said.
“More than 50 personnel from DENR Bataan and the two CENROs joined the planting activity and assisted other participants,” he added.
Cenro Bagac Ed Lagui also joined the activity.
Cruz and Mamac led the signing of commitment for environment protection and reforestation during the activity.
Bataan Provincial Police Director Marcelo Dayag led police personnel in the planting of trees in the lot assigned to them. Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan Chairman Emmanuel Pineda and his team also planted trees.
Water districts in the province and some companies also participated in the tree-planting. Bataan Peninsula State University also joined.
“Compared to the other provinces in Central Luzon, Bataan has better forest cover,” Mamac said.